5 Changes Netflix could make to WWE Raw

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In what has perhaps been the craziest news day of 2024 thus far – it was announced on January 23 that WWE Raw had finally secured its broadcast partner for 2025 and beyond – Netflix.

The bombshell announcement of a $5 Billion, 10-year agreement with the streaming giant has rocked the wrestling world; being reported by mainstream news outlets across the world.
With over 247 million active Netflix subscribers across the world, WWE have an opportunity to reach more homes than ever before; but while the deal makes a ton of sense it also comes with so many questions.
Being the first time WWE’s weekly show will air exclusively on a streaming service rather than a traditional TV network there may be a view for a slew of changes to the Monday Night Raw experience we’ve come to expect.
So in this list we’re going to run through five potential changes Netflix could make to WWE Raw in 2025 and onwards.


Starting off with an obvious one – the move from the PG era has been something fans have been clamoring for, for quite some time and perhaps it could finally come to fruition on Netflix.
While WWE’s image as a family friendly product serves them well, perhaps they could at the very least spice things up a little bit more in 2025.
One would assume that there would be less restrictions on Netflix than a traditional TV network; with content of all age ratings available at just a click away.
Again, I wouldn’t expect any shift to Attitude Era levels of violence and profanity, however, maybe the shackles could come off just a little.
WWE’s PG-ness is nowhere near as egregious and painful as it was back in the early 2010s thankfully, so I wouldn’t rank this as important as other potential changes.


When WWE inked their massive deal with FOX to air SmackDown in 2018, the brand took over as the long regarded WWE B-Show took over as the premiere broadcast with the biggest stars being brought to the table.
With no bigger example being the ever-present of the entirety of that era: Roman Reigns.
The Tribal Chief is WWE’s top guy bar none and will likely end up on what is WWE’s top show, which may be set to change once again considering Netflix are shelling out $500 million per year for the red brand.
That’s almost double the $287 million a year that NBC are paying for SmackDown… So one would think that maybe, the tide may turn once again and Raw will become the home of Reigns among other top stars.


Unlike SmackDown and NXT, which have aired on many different nights through their history, Raw has been an ever-present tradition on a Monday evening.
While it feels unthinkable for that to change, it is something that WWE have seemed more open to according to recent comments from TKO CEO Ari Emanuel.
Netflix will now have the keys to the Raw kingdom per say so they can pretty much fit in wherever they think will work best.
Tuesday Night Raw or Thursday Night Raw will take a lot of getting used to though… That’s for sure.


One of the absolute best hallmarks of Netflix is the absence of what feels like endless ad breaks when consuming your favorite shows or movies.
Constant ad breaks is something those who watch WWE broadcast’s live will be all too familiar with; especially on the three hour long Raw broadcast.
It’s truly painful and the reason why many will instead catch up on Raw, SmackDown or NXT on demand instead where you can fly through ad breaks to your heart’s content.
Now, Netflix does offer subscriptions that include ads, however, for its more premium price-points this is not a thing whatsoever, and one would hope that could result in a completely ad-free Raw experience. Which leads on to our number one entry…


Along with moving away from the PG era, reverting Monday Night Raw back to a much more manageable and enjoyable two hour broadcast has been at the top of fans wish lists for quite some time.
While the company’s creative improvement under Triple H has made the three hours sat watching Raw far less of a slog as it once was during the latter (dark) days of Vince McMahon, even Trips can sometimes find it hard to design a Raw without a bit of filler.
On one hand, the third hour of Raw does allow for talent that may otherwise not have an opportunity to shine, get some solid TV time.
But on the other you get inconsequential matches/segments that feel like they would be better suited to WWE Main Event (because that’s still a thing).
Also, if WWE are in face going ad-less for Raw on Netflix, there truly would be no need whatsoever to remain three hours, as almost an hour of Raw is dedicated to ads for viewers at home anyway.
Instead Raw on Netflix can be concise and and all killer; with a lack of ads allowing fans to actually enjoy full matches without ad breaks redly interrupting action as it gets good.
It’ll be absolutely fascinating to learn more about the WWE Raw/Netflix deal as we approach 2025 and if any suggestion from this list gets fulfilled I absolutely hope it’s this one.

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